Opinion: Few cared about Indians before gaming
Friday, September 26, 2003

"Few people living off reservations ever gave a rodent's derriere about Indians until they started making money from gambling.

No one cared when they were down, but now their success is coveted, envied and irritating.

Ignored and out of sight, Native Americans festered in poverty and disease. The federal government lied and cheated them out of billions of dollars of lease and royalty payments, as it short-changed programs grudgingly provided for their welfare.

Treaties, understandings and expectations about education, health care and political support were a con job at best. "

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